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Stinkweed (Thlaspi arvense)


antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, antipyretic, blood-strengthening, cleansing

Areas of application:

Inflammation, menstrual cramps, rheumatism, fever, as an antidote, eyes, liver, carbuncles, intestinal abscesses, postpartum pain, endometriosis, staphylococci, streptococci

Plant parts used:

Seeds, young shoots, leaves

Collection time:

March to September

To find:

On fields, rubble fields, roadsides, wasteland and nutrient-rich clay soils.


Essential oil, vitamin C, mustard oils, bitter substances, minerals


The Stinkweed is an annual plant that can grow between 10 and 40 cm high. All above-ground parts are yellow-green and when crushed it smells like garlic. The stem is angular and the leaves are elongated to narrow obovate, entire or toothed. The flowers are fourfold, with a double perianth and elliptical. The pods are almost circular and have wide wings all around. The pod contains 4 to 7 seeds per seed compartment.

🛑 Stinkweed should be used with caution, as excessive doses can lead to a decrease in white blood cells, nausea and dizziness.

In the kitchen, the young leaves can be used as a salad and can be eaten raw or cooked. The leaves should be collected before the plant flowers, otherwise it can taste very bitter. The seeds can be used as a spice, for example in bread. The plant tastes something like mustard.

The seeds are also used for lighting because of their oil content.

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